Will Rick Ross’s first release for Epic Records become the Grammy-winning album that he’s been reaching for? Seven songs from the 14 track album Rather You Than Me are worthy of heavy rotation while the rest is flat-out solid.
It stands to reason that Rather You Than Me will be a heavily nominated contender early next year when awards season returns.
Right now it’s all about embracing Ross, his testimony and his art.
From the mellow and sexy sounds of “Maybach V” featuring female MC Dej Loaf to the prayerful anthem “Summer Seventeen” that features a Yo Gotti cameo, Rather You Than Me is rags-to-riches masterpiece.
In his blog post Ross says, “This album is more than just another project for me. It’s a project of strength, perseverance and determination. Rather You Than me is a testimony. My testimony, and if you a real n**** no matter where you from you can relate to this.”
And although some categorize the song “Idols Become Rivals” featuring Chris Rock as a diss track, it seems more like a testimony of disappointment as he describes the hurt he felt when he realized that his idols were fake.
The classic Ross head-banging anthems are here. The best of the all, “Dead Presidents” shows out with Future, Jeezy and Yo Gotti, in tow.
It’s the perfect collaboration of rap artists that took a life that seemed like nothing and turned it into something.
Rozay left behind a set of instructions for those that want to do the same thing. “Listen to the message, relate to the story, feel the pain and struggle in these lyrics – but more importantly, understand that there is a greater life on the other side of those nightmares. It’s all for a purpose. It’s all for the better. I am living proof.”
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